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Understanding Generational Differences

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on 21 November 2014

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Understanding Generational Differences
Baby Boomers
Those born during or after World war II and raised in the era of extreme optimism, opportunity, and progress.
Motto: Live to work
World events that define Baby Boomers
family planning
Civil rights movement
Martin Luther King assassination
John F. Kennedy assassination
Robert Francis Kennedy assassination
Woodstock event
Vietnam War
Kent State student activism
rock & roll
Generation X
Key Characteristics:
latchkey kids
digest information rapidly
witnessed corporate downsizing
may not sacrifice personal life for a company
open to receiving feedback
good at networking
able to do things simultaneously

World events that define Gen-X
energy crisis (1990-2000)
divorce rate and two working parents
technology revolution
stock market crash (2008-2009)
corporate downsizing
fall of Berlin Wall (August 13, 1961-November 9, 1989)
Challenger disaster (January 28, 1986)
Operation Desert Storm (17 January 1991 – 28 February 1991)
Rodney King and L.A. Riots (Spring of 1992)
What makes a Generation?
The events and conditions each of us experiences during our formative years determines who we are and how we see the world.

As a result of these events and conditions, each generation has adopted its own generational personality.

-Lynne Lancaster & David Stillman
When Generations Collide
What is a Generation Gap?
The disconnect between people [attitudes, values, interests, and methods of communication] because they were born at a different time.
How can understanding generational differences help us?
Global Issues
What are the generations?

born between 1922-1945
Baby Boomers
born between 1946-1964
Generation X
born between 1965-1980
Generation Y
born between 1981-2000
Key Characteristics:
competitive and hardworking
get the job done at any cost
live to work
driven and service oriented
good team players
like to avoid conflict
A generation born in the shadow of Baby Boomers
Generation-Y 1980-2000
Constitution Act 1982
September 11
The Age of the "Helicopter Parent"
Hovers near at all times ready to swoop in and save the child from whatever peril may face him/her.

Wants to contact professor, bosses and HR to correct grades, salaries and working conditions.
"Regardless of the generation a person was born into, he is still an individual."
What does this mean in practice?
As community cultures evolve with each generation... You have the unique challenge to ensure that work teams become and remain culturally and generationally diverse because of the wealth of information and experience that individual team members can offer.
While it is helpful to know some of the generalizations about different generations as a starting point, the real learning and the real bridging of age differences comes through doing two things:

1) suspending your assumptions and judgments

2) engaging in dialogue across generations
Point to remember:
Mickeymouse Clubhouse
Ron Zemke, Claire Raines, Bob Filipczak. Generations at work:
Managing the Clash of Veterans, Boomers, Xers and Nexters in Your Workplace (New York: 2000)



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2014 GenY financials Report. (2014). Yconic. Retrieved from http://yconic.ca/Youth%20Insights/2014-GenY-Attitudes-Study.aspx#.VGkVSJUtAhw.

Luxton, Rebecca. (2014). Monica Lewinsky Opens Up About Her Relationship With Bill Clinton for the Very First Time. Ryot: News + Action. Retrieved from http://www.ryot.org/monica-lewinsky-completely-opens-relationship-bill-clinton-first-time/670765.

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Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, s 2, Part

Our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in the place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.

Generation Z
Old age and treachery beats youth and skill every time.
- Unknown
Of each era = Better Interaction in the Workplace
Socrates 470 - 399 BC
born between 2000-present
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